06-14-2006, 10:42 AM
anone have any experince towing with you Xb? I just bout an 06 and have added the hitch but am still working on the lights. I am looking at a couple of small trailers. The largest is a 4x6 cargo trailer weighing 900lbs. Tounge weight is only about 70lbs. It is short, just the same height as the Xb. Any ideas of Gas mileage with trailer? I am also looking at several motorcyle trailers (very small and light about 180lbs.) Thanks for all input!
Yes I know Scion does not recomeend towing but I was never one to follow the rules.... :):D
John in Tampa
06-14-2006, 04:06 PM
is your box an auto or manual? if its a manual i really reccommend changing th clutch before doing any towing. the stock clutch is barely capable as it is. i know there are a few members of scionlife.com that tow a trailer and most of them reccommend that the heaviest they would ever tow with an xB is about the weight of a jetski.
06-16-2006, 05:59 PM
... I just bought an 06 and have added the hitch... I am looking at a couple of small trailers. The largest is a 4x6 cargo trailer weighing 900lbs. Tounge weight is only about 70lbs. It is short, just the same height as the Xb...
A 900 lb enclosed box trailer, the height of the car, plus what load you put into it, will quickly and thoroughly devastate your xB, no matter what transmission you have or how or where you drive.
Here are examples of what the xB might pull, with careful use of engine and transmission, and mostly level ground.
1. The light, flat, self-assembled models similar to:
They weigh about 250 lbs and can carry 900 lbs but I would not carry more than 300 lbs and the load should not have much wind resistance.
2. Small trailer frames similar to the above, with auto roof-top cargo boxes attached to them.
3. Little boat trailers with 1 small jet ski.
A lot depends on the driver.
Unskilled use of clutch, hard acceleration, cruising in 5th gear or overdrive, climbing hills, long downhills, and sudden stops.
Overheated engine, valve damage, burned or slipping clutch, slipping torque converter and blackened fluid, brakes not stopping car, trailer wagging the short wheelbase, trailer pushing the rear end sideways when braking.